Tuesday, May 3, 2016

You Think You Got Shit to Protest

How about these guys. I realize the angry folks in the Trump and Sanders and maybe Clinton and Cruz camps have issues. But:

Iraqi protesters delivered a visceral wake-up call to politicians they accuse of corruption and dysfunctional government by breaching the walls of Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone and storming the parliament building on Saturday. 

You may not believe it, but this is a look on the bright side post.

Loyalists of the maverick Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr – whose speech Saturday morning called for a “great popular uprising … to stop the march of corrupt officials” – had largely left the area by Sunday. The event, however, profoundly shook Iraqi politicians, some of whom were reportedly chased from the chamber.

First, I'm kind of glad to see Sadr back. Secondly, any time corrupt politicians get chased from "the chamber" it has to be a good thing. But wait, there's more:

Few who know Iraq are predicting political collapse. Iraqis, who have suffered far worse in recent decades than political gridlock, have shown themselves to be expert survivors.

“Some say this is the end of Iraq, but Iraqis have already seen the worst days,” says Luay al-Khatteeb, a London-based fellow of Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy. “It is behind them, the years of sanctions and wars, years of sectarian and civil unrest and uprising, and the fight against IS and the number of times the Iraqi Army has collapsed since 2003.

“Iraq is moving toward a recovery phase, but how long it will take? It could take some time,” he says. “As we approach to a very hot summer, the situation could become more complicated.” 

It's nice to hear that they've downgraded from the total clusterfuck we imposed upon them to whatever level of depravity it's at now. 

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